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Many small exoplanets found to be covered in gas

During its four-year mission, NASA's Kepler space telescope discovered thousands of "planetary candidates" in our Milky Way galaxy—the vast majority of which are almost certainly actual planets. But before scientists can ...

dateJan 08, 2014 in Astronomy
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Cassini Instrument Learns New Tricks

(Phys.org)—For seven years, a mini-fridge-sized instrument aboard NASA's Cassini spacecraft reliably investigated weather patterns swirling around Saturn; the hydrocarbon composition of the surface of Saturn's moon Titan; ...

dateDec 21, 2012 in Space Exploration
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So many planets, so few telescopes

Over the last few weeks, astronomers announced not one but two extraordinary discoveries in the ongoing search for planets orbiting stars beyond the sun. The first was a world about the size of Neptune, 5,000 light-years ...

dateNov 08, 2012 in Astronomy
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Highly inflated Jupiters

There are currently 851 confirmed extra-solar planets. Of these, 289 were detected because their orbits (as seen from Earth) take them across the face of their host star, dimming the star's light in a transit event. The Kepler ...

dateDec 10, 2012 in Astronomy
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Imaging the planet-sized companion of a nearby star

(PhysOrg.com) -- Of the nearly 500 extra-solar planets that have been confirmed to date, only about a dozen have actually been seen in images. Because planets are so much fainter than their host stars, special techniques ...

dateOct 15, 2010 in Astronomy
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